Understanding the Opposite Sex

One of my colleagues frequently needs relationship advice. We do our best and give generously, but we’re a diverse lot so the quality varies. As for myself, most of what I’ve learned about “going steady” I learned from a short pamphlet from the 1950s that I found in the Kelly Walsh High School guidance counselors’ office when I worked there in the summer of 1994. I present a scanned version of Understanding the Other Sex by Lester A. Kirkendall and Ruth Farnham Osborne with the hope that it might be useful.

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One Response to Understanding the Opposite Sex

  1. mary says:

    fantastic! there is a lot there; i will have to peruse it further, but i wanted to comment on something on pic #12:

    “Later, when we could talk freely, we were discussing our first date. We talked about our love-making and found both of us had been disgusted with it. She, too, felt it “had to be done.” It was just part of dating.”

    poor, closeted ’50s teens.

    this kind of reminds me of these vintage lysol ads i saw on flickr. apparently, it was marketed as a feminie hygiene product and contraceptive, which is horrifying:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbill/sets/834100/

    i thought at first that maybe these were fake, but they seem to be genuine!

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